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The God Particle and the Decline of American Journalism

On Wednesday researchers are expected to announce that they have found evidence of the Higgs boson particle , commonly referred to as “the God Particle.”  It is something that serious scientists and investment companies have poured decades of research and billions of dollars into pursuing.  And in this article by Yahoo! which relays the expectation of the announcement the “journalist” wraps up the article with the quote, “Oh, those wacky scientists.”

To which my face responded thusly:

My brain can’t process what I’m reading

Proof of the Higgs boson particle is argued earlier IN THE SAME ARTICLE as being ” as big as the… big bang theory.”  That’s right, it is one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs that will happen in my lifetime.

So why is it being given the same glib, snark treatment as, say, this guy:

Deserving of glib snarkiness (Not a scientist)

Perhaps I missed something.  Surely the journalist was making a comment in response to the scientist indicating they ran around the particle-accelerator at night in Superhero underoos or something.

Hans Gehrhardt, Lead Scientist

Nope.  The quote that precedes “wacky” is this:

“I agree that any reasonable outside observer would say, ‘It looks like a discovery,'” British theoretical physicist John Ellis, a professor at King’s College London who has worked at CERN since the 1970s, told The Associated Press. “We’ve discovered something which is consistent with being a Higgs.”

John Ellis. I dare you not to imagine him in Batman underoos right now.

That doesn’t sound very wacky at all.  And I know wacky.


Perhaps I’m overreacting.  Perhaps in today’s absurd media environment…

Where reading past the first page of a legal document and discovering what it ACTUALLY says before reporting on it is not a priority.

… it’s okay to end an article about a huge scientific breakthrough in the same manner that you would an article about an adorable cat being rescued from a tree.

Oh, no! How ever will Mr. Snookums get down?

But I’d like to think that this guy would disagree:

Walter Cronkite, got America through the Kennedy Assassination without using the word “wacky” once.

And I know for a fact, Mr. Edward Murrow would never do such a thing.

“Good night and good luck all you wacky communist-haters.” – Never said by Edward Murrow

You know who would have said that?

Johnny Carson. And I doubt even Johnny would have applied his “weird, wacky stuff” description to Higgs Boson.

So, keep on rocking on, Jeff Stacklin.  I can’t wait for your next report.  I can see it now…

Well, at least I can respect his mustache.


One comment on “The God Particle and the Decline of American Journalism

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